Old Aksum Blessing cross - Alloy of Silver, Copper and Nickel - Meskel - Koptisch - Ethiopia

Description
Old Aksum Blessing cross - Alloy of Silver, Copper and Nickel - Meskel - Koptisch - Ethiopia
1st half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Very old Priest hand cross 'Meskel' from Axum, Ethiopia. Priests wear hand crosses in order to bless the faithful, or in order to be kissed crosses by the faithful. Therefore, hand crosses have to be light and easy to carry. They are generally in three parts: from the cross itself, from the shaft and of the base, which is to act a counterbalance to the Cross. Every Ethiopian priest has a hand cross (Meskel in Amharic) with which he blesses the faithful.The Cross is handcrafted by the lost-wax method, and is a unique piece. The oldest hand crosses are sometimes more than 1000 years old, like the Meskel on the last photo. The material used for this very old one is almost always copper. Ever since the 18th century, alloys with other metals have been found. From the 19th century silver was increasingly used in such an alloy.

Material: an alloy of silver, copper and nickel.

Lot details
Object
Old Aksum Blessing cross
Indigenous object name
Meskel
Ethnic group/ culture
Koptisch
Region/ country
Ethiopia
Material
Alloy of Silver, Copper and Nickel
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
28×14×1 cm
Weight
286 g
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